13th Sep 2007, 19:14
I have a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan eX with 3.8l engine. I bought in Feb 2005 with 59k miles, it now has 119k on it. I have the clunking noise in the front end as described by numerous others on this site. Mechanic said don't worry about it if the noise doesn't bother you. I have had absolutely no problems with it so far. I would definitely by another one.
Mine gets about 22 mpg, but the wife has a serious lead foot. I did hope to get a little better gas mileage. I have found if the gas pedal sticks a little, just take off the air cleaner and spray a little carb cleaner in the butterfly valve and that should do it.
6th Nov 2007, 16:03
Does anyone know the address to send my complaints to the President of Chrysler? I have had all these problems and some! And I own a Dodge and Jeep -- both with real issues.
12th Nov 2007, 12:25
I have a 2002 Gr Caravan El with 105K miles and replaced the AC compressor, stable bar bushings, brakes twice (which is normal), water pump, thermostat, and most recently I was quoted $700 for replacing the catalytic converter because it acts is if it's about to stall when it's cold, but runs fine after it warms up. I'm having the fuel system cleaned, hoping it's just a sticky butterfly on the throttle system. I've also run into the intermittent problems with the passenger side window motor, but don't care to get that fixed just yet. The blower fan went out some time ago, and Dodge wanted way too much to replace it as they said they'd have to take the dash apart to get to it. A buddy of mine looked into it for me, and it was nothing more than a fuse of some sort. I thought I was being smart by paying the vehicle off and hanging on to it, but with several thousand dollars put into it after payoff, I'm wondering if I wouldn't have been better getting rid of it and purchasing the Odyssey I almost bought instead of the Caravan to begin with.
12th Nov 2007, 15:12
Maybe you'd rather have paid $3,500 for a new transmission on the Odyssey, in addition to the "Honda markup" price. Take your pick.
15th Nov 2007, 18:42
I also have a 2002 caravan with 118k miles and have had ALL the typical problems: Transmission ($1700), A/C compressor ($400), bushings, breaks, power steering, passenger window motor, Fuel gauge works when ever-- I have to track my miles so I won't get stranded?! Now the best part is that after fixing everything that went wrong with the van, it's up for sale! I think my next car will be a nissan... do you blame me?
1st Dec 2007, 21:14
2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport -
I just purchased a gently (or so I thought) used Dodge Grand Caravan Sport - 69K miles, interior and exterior almost showroom good. Did realize that I would have to purchase at least two new tires for the winter and was told that the brakes had been done. Well, as it turns out, the tires on the van were the factory originals and were dry rotting on the sidewalls - hence, four new tires AND to top it off, new brakes and rotors for the front. Apparently, only the rear had been done. I choke and paid the $980. A little over a week later, with no other warning - no sounds, no starting problems, nothing, the van begins to 'shudder' when idling. I ran an errand, start her up again and the engine light comes on. I now replace (again factory original still in the van) the plugs, wires, fuel filter, and a belt. They were shot and the most likely culprits. Alas... no. My mechanic believes it might be the ignition coil, but after all I've been reading, I'm getting really $$ scared! On the tester, it read (and I saw this) #2 cylinder misfire. Any thoughts or suggestions?
6th Dec 2007, 20:07
2001 Grand Caravan SE,
We have 120k miles on the vehicle and overall have been pleased with the vehicle. Of course, now that I say that, it probably is falling in on itself in my garage. We have had the same issues mentioned above:
1. Clunky front end - I agree this sounds like a clearance issue in the sway bars. It started very early on and we have ignored it. No problems yet.
2. Air compressor - we replaced one under warranty. I see two issues - 1) It is undersized for the van 2) The compressor (1 of 2) is located in the back side at the bottom of the engine. I do not believe it is adequately insulated from the engine block. It gets very hot.
3. Sticking power window - I fixed this problem the first time by pulling the actual motor out of the housing. It looks like a rubber grommet disintegrated all over the windings. I used compressed air and cleaned out the armature. It worked fine for about a year and half. It is not hard to replace.
These are definitely design issues that should have been taken care of by now.
9th Dec 2007, 16:57
2002 Dodge Caravan SE.
About 95,000 KMS, and have had the brakes done twice and early on at 20,000 - transmission (under warranty). Lately the new annoying problem is this noise in the front end. Bushings replaced and such, but still there. Get this, is worse when underbody is wet. Seems to be on the right side in the strut area. Feels/sounds like a metal-on-metal noise and I can even feel it through the steering wheel at times.
7th Feb 2008, 12:18
I posted back in July regarding my 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport. Unfortunately, I'm baaaaaack! I had an ECM (brain) replaced when it shorted out due to a malfunctioning MUX ignition switch. At least that's what they told me, who knows what really happened. I paid a lot of money, that's what I remember best. Anyway, I picked up the van and it worked fine for a few months, then the ABS light came on again. I thought, "Gee I should fix that" but I now have dealer-phobia and besides, everything I've read says you can drive without ABS as long as you realize you're going to slide, and I was OK with that. But then it happens again. I go to start the van and NOTHING. I have it towed, thinking maybe it's the starter, and the guys at the local shop tell me it's electrical and refer me to the dealer. I have it towed to dealer. Dealer says it's a starter fuse. Replaced, works fine, but they don't know where the short happened and their main electrical guy just broke his hand and is on the way to the hospital. Hm. I still see a connection with whatever's tripping my ABS and the failure of my van to start, but nobody else wants to look at it that way. This was such a FANTASTIC vehicle until last summer. I'm heartbroken at the problems and have lost all faith in the dealer. I really don't know what to do. I certainly wouldn't feel good selling this an to anybody now.